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Grade 2 Newsletter – Week 10

 

Reminders:

PICTURE DAY IS WEDNESDAY!!!

  • Many thanks for parents who came to school for Parent-Teacher Conferences. It was terrific to have a chance to communicate with you about your child.
  • Sunday, Nov. 19, the PTSO will be hosting Thanksgiving Dinner in the cafeteria at 3h30. Bring a dish to the feast and enjoy with other UAS families.
  • Author, Ying Chang, will visit with Grade 2. She writes books in English and Chinese and will be available to meet parents with their students after school from 3h30 on in the Elementary Library.
  • School Pictures will take place Nov. 22-23.
  • November 30 will be a holiday for National Day. There will be no school for students and staff.
  • A big thank you to parents who have been sending in healthy treats to class. We are completely spoiled.

Language Arts

Reading: The students are learning how to Tackle Tricky Words, and learning skills that will help them decode difficult words. Students will be continuing to retell stories using characters, setting, problem and solution.

 

Writing: In Writer’s Workshop, we are continuing to improve our narrative writing. We are working on developing ‘Small Moments’ in our writing. This week we will be choosing one of our small moments stories to polish and publish to show to other Grade 2 classes.

 

Math for the week:

 

Sunday: 3.2 Place Value

Monday: 3.4 Renaming Numbers

Tuesday: Fluency Practice

Wednesday: Place Value Practice

Thursday: Review

 

Unit of Inquiry:

We are finishing our Health and Well-being unit. Students will be completing their final projects for this unit. Throughout the year, we will be referring back to our Health and Well-being unit to encourage healthy habits with our students.

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Grade 2 Newsletter – Week 10

 

Reminders:

  • Swimming Finishes on Tuesday, Nov. 14th- Please make sure your child has all of their swimming items!
  • MAGRUDY’S BOOK FAIR in UAS Lobby, Nov. 12th-16th -Send in money )with your child in the envelopes we send home
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences: Nov 15th and 16th -No students in school
  • School Pictures Nov. 22-23, more information to follow

Language Arts

Reading: We are nicely into the flow of Readers workshop and the students are beginning to understand the norms and expectations of readers at Grade 2 level. The students are learning how to Tackle Tricky Words, and learning skills that will help them decode tricky words.  

 

Writing: In Writer’s Workshop, we are into our first unit, Improving Narrative Writing. We are working on developing ‘Small Moments’ in our writing. We have worked on identifying a ‘Small Moment’ and adding details to our stories.  We are writing with detail and learning how to magnify a small moment and write Amazing Endings!

 

Math for the week:

 

Sunday: Unit 3 Pre-assessment – IPP template to come home so you can see what is coming up

Monday:  3.1 Place Value

Tuesday: 3.2 Place Value

Wednesday: No School

Thursday: No School  

 

Unit of Inquiry:

We are well into Unit 2 – Health and Well. Our central idea is – ‘Nutrition, exercise and safe practices affect our well-being’. This week we are discussing safe practices.  Please encourage your child to participate in the 30×30 challenge and record it onto their diary. Diaries will be collected on Nov 19th

 

 

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Grade 2 Newsletter – Week 9

Reminders:

  • Swimming starts on Sunday, Nov. 5th.
  • Unit 2 Math Assessment Thursday, Nov. 9th
  • MAGRUDY’S BOOK FAIR in lobby, Nov. 12th-16th
  • Parent Conferences: Nov 15th and 16th – more information to follow
  • School Pictures Nov. 22-23, more information to follow

Language Arts

Reading: We are nicely into the flow of Readers workshop and the students are beginning to understand the norms and expectations of readers at Grade 2 level. The students know how to ‘stop, think, retell’,  stop and jot important information, thoughts and questions they have about a text and are continuing to build reading stamina by reading more and MORE.

 

Writing: In Writer’s Workshop, we are into our first unit, Improving Narrative Writing. We are working on developing ‘Small Moments’ in our writing. We have worked on identifying a ‘Small Moment’ and adding details to our stories.  We are writing with detail and how to magnify a small moment and really make our writing powerful.

 

Math for the week:

Sunday: Math Fluency/ Review

Monday:  Math Fluency/ Review

Tuesday: Math Fluency/ Review

Wednesday: Math Fluency/ Review

Thursday: Unit 2 Math Assessment

 

Unit of Inquiry:

We are well into Unit 2 – Health and Well. Our central idea is – ‘Nutrition, exercise and safe practices affect our well-being’. We will begin to delve into what it means eat healthy and have a balanced diet. Students will develop a healthy meal plan and design a ‘healthy plate’.  Please encourage your child to participate in the 30×30 challenge and record it onto their diary. Diaries will be collected on Nov 19th

 

Some useful links

Spelling homework: http://softschools.com/language_arts/worksheets/word_search_maker/

Addition & subtraction games

http://www.mathplayground.com/index_addition_subtraction.html

Doubling numbers games

http://www.ictgames.com/doubles.htm

Swimming Information

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Grade 2 is about to begin their PE unit. It will run from Sunday, November 5 to Thursday, Nov. 30. Students will have swim lessons from Nov. 5 to Nov. 16. Students will be in the pool under the supervision of a PE teacher, a swim instructor, a classroom teaching assistant and a lifeguard.

The swim program that we used is based on the Canadian Red Cross.  The students will be learning a variety of water safety skills, as well as learning and performing rhythmic breathing, back and front float, back and front glide as well. Everyday students are required to bring the following:

 

bathing suit

swim cap

goggles

towel

flip flops/crocs (optional)

 

Please label everything so that items will not be lost.

 

All students are required to swim during PE whether they are advanced or beginners.  Students will only be excused from swimming with a signed doctor’s note for any serious conditions.

We look forward to the seeing your students in the pool this year.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Ettl

K-2 PE Teacher

 

Side note: We will not have swim class on November 9th due to NESAC swim meet. We will have class under the tent on the elementary side.

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Grade 2 Newsletter – Week 8 November 1st

Reminders:

  • Thursday, Nov. 2: Flag Day!! Have students wear Red.
  • Please See the Swimming Letter in the students Homework Folders and on the Blog for important information about PE and Swimming!!
  • Parent Conferences: Nov 15th and 16th – more information to follow

 

Language Arts

Reading: We are nicely into the flow of Readers workshop and the students are beginning to understand the norms and expectations of readers at Grade 2 level. The students know how to take a sneak peek at a book to decide how the book wants to be read and the importance of building reading stamina by reading a wide range of books. We will continue by looking at how readers read in scoops and keeping tabs on comprehension to check understanding, as well as using sticky notes to mark their thinking.

Writing: In Writer’s Workshop, we have begun our first unit, Improving Narrative Writing. We have explored what good writers do to establish a strong foundation for writing in Grade 2. We have thought about the different topics we can write about, to capture ideas. As well ae writing with detail and how to magnify a small moment and really make our writing powerful.

Math for the week: (3 DAY WEEK)

As we only have 3 days we will look at unit 2.12 Math Box challenge and 2.13 subtracting 8 or 9. We will also have a review of the unit before we take the end of unit assessment.

 

Unit of Inquiry:

We have started tuning into Unit 2 – Health and Well. Our central idea is – ‘Nutrition, exercise and safe practices affect our well-being’. We will begin to delve into what it means to have a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Please encourage your child to participate in the 30×30 challenge and record it onto their diary. Diaries will be collected on Nov 19th

Some useful links

 

Spelling homework: http://softschools.com/language_arts/worksheets/word_search_maker/

 

Addition & subtraction games

http://www.mathplayground.com/index_addition_subtraction.html

 

Doubling numbers games

http://www.ictgames.com/doubles.htm

 

 

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Grade 2 Newsletter – Week 7 October 22nd

 

Reminders:

Thursday 26th – Halloween dress up day. Please no masks or weapons.

Sunday 29th & Monday 30th – Teacher professional days – no school for students.

 

Language Arts

Reading: We have now launched Reader’s Workshop and the students are settling well into expectations and routines. We have looked at how readers grow like beanstalks, as well as how to take a sneak peek at a book to decide how the book wants to be read and how we can get stronger by reading a lot, building reading stamina. We will continue by looking at how readers read in scoops and keeping tabs on comprehension to check understanding, as well as using post-its to mark their thinking.

Writing: In Writer’s Workshop, we have begun our first unit called Improving Narrative Writing. We have explored what good writers do to establish a strong foundation for writing in Grade 2.

Math for the week:

2.10 Frames and arrows

2.11-Whats my rule?

2.8-Odd and even patterns

2.9-Name collections

Review Day

PYP:

We have finished our first unit, “Where we are in Place and Time”. Students celebrated and showed their understanding of how “Children’s lives change over time” throughout their end of unit summative assessment our Artifact Museum which was a great success. Thank you for your support in making this possible, the students really enjoyed learning from one another and teaching each other about their artifacts.

We will begin unit 2 by tuning in to our unit on health and well-being.

Have a great week ahead! The G2 team

Thursday is PINK Day

Thursday, all UAS students can wear PINK to support Breast Cancer!

There will be a Walk-a-Thon on Thursday morning! If your child does not have pink, encourage them to be creative to wear something pink on them. I gave lots of ideas in the classroom.. Let’s support Breast Cancer!

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Grade 2 Newsletter

Week 6

 

Reminders:

 

  • We have quite a few allergies to nuts in our grade this year please make a big effort to have the children’s lunches NUT FREE.
  • Wednesday, October 18 will be our Grade 2 Artefact ‘Museum’. Please look at the attached letter below. Thank you.
  • Teacher Username for Raz-Kids: cmeeks3

Language Arts

 

In Reader’s Workshop, we are beginning our first unit called Second Grade Reading Growth Spurt. During this unit, we will talk to the students about how we can take a sneak peak at a book to decide how the book wants to be read and how we can get stronger by reading a lot!

In Writer’s Workshop, we are beginning our first unit called Improving Narrative Writing. We will focus on different types of narrative writing and talk to the students about editing their writing.

Math for the week:

 

2.4-Turn-around facts and the +9 shortcut

2.5-Addition Strategies that use Doubles Facts

2.6-Subtraction from Addition

2.7-Fact Families

Review Day

 

 

 

PYP:

 

We will continue our first unit under the theme “Where we are in Place and Time”. Students will develop their understanding of how “Children’s lives change over time for various reasons.” Here is a letter we have sent home regarding what is going on Thursday, October 19 for the end of your Unit of Inquiry. Thank you for your continued support.

Dear Parents,

 

On Wednesday, October 18th, all Grade 2 students will bring in and present an artefact to their class. The artefact should represent their understanding of how change happens over time. For example, a student who grew up in Dubai might bring in a lantern to show how lights in homes have changed from olden days. Or a child from Canada might bring in a wooden toy to show what toys were like 60+ years ago.

 

If your child does not have an artifact that represents change from their home country, they can bring in a photo or a clay model of an artefact.

 

Some ideas for artefacts are:

 

-a camel or an abra showing change in transportation

-a wax record or cassette tape showing change in technology

-a traditional coffee pot to show changes in hospitality

-a traditional toy showing the difference between plastic toys today and what children had years ago

-old clothing to show what children might have worn

 

Students will present their artefact in a museum-style setting, so they should be able to tell others what their artefact is, where it is from and why it represents change. It would be helpful for students to practice their presentation at home with family.

 

Please contact your class teacher with any questions.

 

—Grade 2 Teachers